The closure, effective immediately, was first announced via an Instagram story on DTB’s page Tuesday night. On Wednesday, DTB’s general manager Robert Wailes told Eater, “It really is a shame. We worked very hard to build a talented team that was set to succeed. The support we received has been tremendous and we are so thankful for it. It was the prospect of an uncertain future and an unknown timeline to return to some semblance of normalcy that prompted ownership to make this very tough decision to close.”
Schaubhut and business partner Jacob Naquin opened DTB, short for Down the Bayou, on Oak Street in March 2017. Alongside chef de cuisine Jacob Hammel, Schaubhut served a menu of “Cajun coastal” dishes featuring typical Louisiana ingredients but with modern twists and global flavors — like vegan mushroom boudin balls, cornmeal gnocchi with hot sausage and broccoli rabe, and pickled shrimp with white bean hummus and pork rinds. DTB earned praise from local critics (Eater named Schaubhut 2017 chef of the year) and soon it was almost always crowded, becoming a top happy hour destination for its strong cocktail program (like a brown butter washed bourbon old fashioned) and its long, comfy bar.
Weeks before DTB’s 2017 opening, Schaubhut learned that the esophageal and gastric cancer he’d received treatment for the year prior had returned. Though Naquin and the building’s landlord offered to let the project go, Schaubhut saw the restaurant through, leading the kitchen for two years while receiving treatment. In August 2019, he brought on former Cavan chef Nathan Richard to serve as executive chef and closed his Northshore restaurant. Schaubhut died the following month at 37; DTB remained open with Richard at the helm.
DTB shut down operations in March at the start of the pandemic, reopening for dine-in service in mid July with a new executive chef, Jonathan Klaskal. As for the 8201 Oak Street space and DTB business, “plans for the future will be announced at a later date.”
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